Serious backups and clogs in your home’s drain and sewer lines can lead to serious and costly issues. The problems can range from minor clogs in your bathroom sink drain, to much bigger problems including sewage backing up into your tubs and toilets.
To avoid any of these unpleasant issues, it’s important to contact a licensed plumber experienced in sewer and drain cleaning as soon as possible. Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric had provided high-quality sewer and drain services to homeowners in Lake Bluff, IL, Chicago’s North Shore and Chicago’s Northwest suburbs since 1928. Contact us today to schedule service.
Blockages in drain and sewer lines are the most common cause of sewer backups. Many of these clogs are preventable if people avoid putting solid materials, feminine hygiene products and grease down drains. If regular drain cleaning service isn’t performed, hair and soap scum and also build up and lead to clogs.
Tree roots are drawn toward moisture, and will grow toward leaky sewer lines. Tree roots can eventually puncture sewer lines, leading to a major sewage backup and problem on your hands.
Although sewer lines can last 50 to 100 years, they can eventually crack due to a number of factors. Older cast iron pipes can start cracking after decades of use. Other factors include soil shifting, avoiding regular maintenance such as inspections and drain cleanings, high water pressure, improper installation and a lack of insulation.
If you’re experiencing a sewer or drain issue, the best way to pinpoint the exact location of the blockage is with a sewer camera inspection. During the inspection, a high-tech camera is mounted on a snake-like cable that is inserted into the pipe. The cable moves through the pipe until it reaches the clog. Based on the findings, a plumber can diagnose the problem and develop a plan to fix it.
A sewer camera inspection is a great tool because there’s no need to dig up your yard in search of the issue, taking the guesswork out of the process. It also provides an accurate diagnosis and ensures the issue is addressed properly.
Sewer rodding is the most common solution to sewer and drain clogs. During sewer rodding, a tool is inserted into the drain or sewer line and blasts through the clog. The type of tool depends on the type of clog. If you have slow-draining tubs or sinks or unpleasant odors coming from floor drains, tubs, toilets and sinks, sewer rodding is an ideal solution to fix these issues.
Serious sewer issues often call for the need for sewer excavation. After the plumber performs a video inspection and locates the clog, earth-moving equipment is used to dig up soil to reach the underground pipes. From there, a repair or replacement can be made.
If you have plumbing fixtures located below the main sewer line, such as a basement toilet or sink, a sewer ejector pump elevates the wastewater upwards to the main line so all of the home’s sewage can flow out of the home properly. If your sewer ejector pump isn’t functioning properly, Ravinia Plumbing offers repair services. If the sewer ejector pump is more than 10 years old, it may need to be replaced.
The best way to prevent drain and sewer system issues from performing is through regular maintenance services, which Ravinia Plumbing can provide for homeowners in Lake Bluff, IL with.
Plumbing professionals recommend having drains cleaned on an annual basis to help prevent clogs and blockages. Meanwhile, it’s advised to have your home’s sewer lines inspected and cleaned about every 18 to 22 months. A plumber will perform a sewer camera inspection to look for any issues and can then use pressurized water to clean the drains and eliminate any clogs.
With regular inspections and maintenance, as well as taking care of sewer and drains issues at the first sign of problems, you can help keep your sewer and drain pipes open and flowing freely. Ravinia Plumbing has decades of experience providing homeowners in Lake Bluff, IL with high-quality drain and sewer services. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.
“The service technician who comes to the house is always very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. I appreciate that the same technician comes to our home for our semi-annual maintenance checks.”
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